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Morocco aims to have renewable energy constitute 42% of its energy production by the end of 2020.

Morocco, Arab Leader in Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy

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Morocco aims to have renewable energy constitute 42% of its energy production by the end of 2020.

Morocco remains a leader in the Arab world in terms of electricity from renewable energy, a study from the King Abdullah Center for Petroleum Studies and Research has found.

The study reveals Morocco is the leader in generating electricity from renewable energy ahead of Egypt and Jordan.

Resources providing electricity

The production of coal in Morocco represents a lever in the electricity sector. Coal dominates the country’s electricity generation capacity with 58% of power production in 2016. Coal is followed by natural gas with 20% and oil by 10%. Morocco styles itself as a continental leader in renewable energy with several world-renowned projects in the field, including the Noor Ouarzazate solar complex.

The study said that Solar and wind power (12%), and hydropower (1%) provided the remainder of the country’s electricity mix.

The study, however, highlighted Morocco’s determination to continue to grow as a leader in the continent and in the Arab world in the field of renewable energies.

“Morocco’s  National Energy Strategy (NES) was one of the most ambitious and comprehensive renewable energy strategies in the MENA region,” the study said.

The report recalled Morocco’s aspirations to achieve 42% of total installed power generating capacity from solar, wind, and hydropower resources by 2020, with 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity for each resource, or 6 GW overall.

Morocco’s targets will increase in the long term with an ambition of 52% by 2030.

Morocco’s Exchange Office shows that Morocco’s imports of electricity decreased by 93.5%, owing to the country’s determination to become self-sufficient producer of its own electricity.

In 2019, Morocco only imported electricity worth MAD 149 million (around €14 million) against MAD 2.3 billion (about €217 million).

Observations:

  1. I have no clue who 'Helio-SCSP - Solar Thermal Energy News’ might be and/or who is behind this useless, confusing publication.
  2. They claim “Morocco aims to have renewable energy constitute 42% of its energy production by the end of 2020.”
  3. They also claim: “The report recalled Morocco’s aspirations to achieve 42% of total installed power generating capacity from solar, wind, and hydropower resources by 2020.”
  4. Are contradicting each other.  The 1st states “constitute 42% of its energy production”.  Where the 2nd states: “to achieve 42% of total installed power generating capacity.”
  5. Electrical energy production is measured by MWH.  Where installed capacity is nameplate rating at MW. 
  6. 42% installed capacity in the Morocco's Sun could generate 42% X 0.25 = 10.5% of the total electrical energy production... 
  7. 10.5% of the total electrical energy production is for sure not 42% of its energy production by the end of 2020
  8. Confusing these two (2) minor technical items reelects poorly on the value of such bragging “by the end of 2020…”  they sealed their value – no way it could happen…

http://helioscsp.com/morocco-arab-leader-in-electricity-generation-from-renewable-energy/

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Feb 13, 2020 5:15 pm GMT

Definitely agree that any publication that unfortunately errs by conflating % of power generation with % of power capacity loses trust and deflates the message they were trying to push. Given that it was unclear in the article you linked, I thought I'd do some homework to find out which it actually was:

From EIA (which definitely does know the difference between capacity and generation!):

The state-owned Moroccan Electricity and Drinking Water utility (ONEE) plans to harness renewables by generating about 52% of the country’s electricity needs by 2030 from wind and solar. Renewable energy, although still a small share of the country’s energy consumption in 2018 at 14%, has grown in recent years.

So it looks like the goals are indeed about generation, not capacity. Latest data from the International Energy Agency has renewable generation at 15% of total electricity production as of 2017 (latest year they had data available). Long way to go to get to that 42%, but EIA's source did mention that they have built out a lot of capacity that would help build up generation towards that goal in the past few years. 

Noam Mayraz's picture
Noam Mayraz on Feb 13, 2020 8:16 pm GMT

Matt, thanks for the tail wind.  Your response is correct, right on the target, and contains accurate data. 

That stated, at around +/-20% availability the wind and solar current technologies aren’t all they're cracked up to be.

Quoting verbatim out of your statement above: “So it looks like the goals are indeed about generation, not capacity. Latest data from the International Energy Agency has renewable generation at 15% of total electricity production as of 2017 (latest year they had data available). Long way to go to get to that 42%...."

How could anyone. Morocco included, get 42% of total electricity production out of technologies that are available only around +/-20% of the 8760 hours in a year???  Could you research this puzzling question and offer your solution?

Footnotes:

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is a Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization established in the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis.  This is a fake news, useless organization.

We all know that the United Nations organization is an honest and truthful organization, never creates hate and discontent, hoaxes, scams, fraudulent information and/or outright lies.

According to the following article from the UN source, dated June 29th, 1989, we should not exist today.

The UN's IPCC, gave us 10 years for the world demise - 30 years ago... 

https://www.apnews.com/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0

 

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Feb 13, 2020 10:16 pm GMT

I'll admit I'm not deeply in tune with the energy sector in Morocco, but some of the sites they seem to be building are impressive in scale for sure

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/06/motorsport/morocco-solar-farm-formula-e-spt-intl/index.html

Noam Mayraz's picture
Noam Mayraz on Feb 14, 2020 8:21 pm GMT

Matt, you have missed the whole point, you're blind to the facts and figures, you're incorrigible. 

"Morocco in the fast lane with world's largest concentrated solar farm, By Nicki Shields and James Masters, CNN, Updated 10:07 AM ET, Tue July 16, 2019."

"Situated at the gateway to the Sahara Desert, the whole complex provides 580 megawatts -- saving the planet from over 760,000 tonnes of carbon emissions."

"Morocco has one of most ambitious energy targets in the world. The goal is for 42% of its power to come from renewable sources by 2020."

"The country is well on track to hit its target too with 35% of its energy is already renewable thanks to sites such as Noor Ouarzazate."

"Its 243 meter tower, the tallest in Africa, houses molten salt which is melted to create energy."

Observations:

That is great - back to the 42% of it’s power - I cannot tell if it is nameplate in MW or electrical energy in MWH.

The 35% states energy - must be using the molten salt which is melted to create energy aka heat storage.  We all read about the Crescent Dunes failure.

Note that the "molten salt which is melted to create energy aka heat storage" - is a heat storage - it has to generate steam to drive the steam turbine(s).

The Crescent Dunes failure indicates that the technology is not matured yet - so Morocco might be setting too high expectations, or could Morocco do just that?

 

I do not know if you know Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion, I am "one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions:..."

I cannot see how the current technologies, at +/-20% availability could possible provide 42% of the electrical energy, nameplate capacity is another matter.

Here is the question, again, I have been presenting, still w/o any response, read the following and try to provide an intelligent answer, if you have one:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/noam-mayraz-pe-4603563_somehow-i-have-not-received-any-response-activity-6634134095146336256-9QsV

If the Virginia new legislation URL does not come up use the following URL:

Look at Virginia, Feb 11th, 2020 legislation: The measure, called the Clean Economy Act, lays out a plan to get Virginia to 100% renewable generation.

https://www.richmond.com/news/national/virginia-lawmakers-pass-major-renewable-energy-legislation/article_23a6374c-ab50-5535-8437-f2b95bc9df5d.html

 

P.S., I would have posted that Virginia new, Feb 11th, 2020, irrational, legislation on the Energy Left platform (vs. LinkedIn.com, see another, case specific, posting there), but all y'all have been blocking the real truth, scientific and engineering facts and figures, as irrelevant to the power industry….

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Feb 14, 2020 10:53 pm GMT

I would have posted that Virginia new, Feb 11th, 2020, irrational, legislation on the Energy Left platform (vs. LinkedIn.com, see another, case specific, posting there), but all y'all have been blocking the real truth, scientific and engineering facts and figures, as irrelevant to the power industry….

Hi Noam-- we do not editorialize and approve content based on the viewpoints, but rather we ensure that all content published to the platform is relevant and directed at utility professionals who make up this great community. The post about a Virginia law that would require 100% renewable generation would be directly applicable to the utility industry and thus, of course, more than OK to post and discuss/debate. 

Noam Mayraz's picture
Noam Mayraz on Feb 18, 2020 3:45 am GMT

Matt, yes indeed, I submitted, and it was posted on Friday, Feb 14th, 2020.

Please accept my sincere apologies; I was wrong, you were right in this case.  Sorry, Noam.

Reference / Evidence:

Noam,

Thank you for your recent contribution to Energy Central's Power Industry Network.

Your content has been approved and can be found here:

https://www.energycentral.com/c/cp/virginia-house-and-senate-passed-sweeping-energy-legislation-feb-11-2020-would

Noam Mayraz's picture
Noam Mayraz on Feb 18, 2020 3:38 pm GMT

Matt, would you post the following as I just posted on LinkedIn???  Thx, Noam.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/noam-mayraz-pe-4603563_jeff-bezos-pledges-10-billion-to-fight-climate-activity-6635557421056172032-ObyN

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